Sometimes, I’d rather be in Disney World

Actually, maybe I should change that title to: “I think I’d like to always be in Disney World!”

They shoot off fireworks every night in the Magic Kingdom, and I feel bad if I miss it. I’m sure that’s a strange thing to feel bad about… To get everything in, I have to plan the days and nights like a neo-Clark Griswald to ensure the perfect storm of technology meets up with whatever spectacular events are happening that day. For this shot, I had got reservations three months in advance at the California Grill restaurant, which has a nice majestic view of the show as the restaurant empties out onto the roof of the Contemporary Resort.

There is not much of a viewing area up there, and there were a bunch of people around me while I tried to get my tripod in place. I could deal with the crowds and fleshy shouldering, but the one thing that always annoys me is people beside me with little cameras that use their flashes to take photos of something a mile away. Sometimes they see I have a big camera, and they turn to ask for advice. They ask, “Do you think my flash helps?” I am really a totally nice and approachable guy, but since this is one of the very few things that annoy me, I usually just give them a shameful negative nod of the head.

This doesn’t have anything to do with the shot, but I had some great sushi in that restaurant. It was made by a Japanese female sushi chef, and she is one of only three “official” sushi chefs in the world (or so the matri’d told me). The Japanese do not let women be sushi chefs normally, as their hands are too “weak”.

Sometimes I'd rather be in Disney World (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • Nice

  • This is stunning Trey. Great shot.

  • Stephen Rang

    Beautiful! Shot from the Contemporary?

  • Amazing capture of Fireworks Trey!

  • super cool…as usual…:)

  • Amazing! I discovered you the other night when I was searching for pictures of the Petronas Twin Towers and became enthralled in your site for about an hour. Every picture is captivating.

  • is that.. gasp.. _ghosting_ on the right side of the shot?

  • Mike

    Amazing Photo Trey,

    All the best


  • Glad you got that reservation in, Trey. This picture is spectacular, sure worth the wait!!!! Happy Trails from rainy Michigan. Heading home Friday, we are ready.
    (middleagedwomanblogging, neat name!!)

  • Jeremy

    Great shot! What flash did you use?

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist – it annoys me too.


  • Sam

    Love the shot!! How are you enjoying Orlando? We have pretty things here ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A shameful negative nod of the head??!

    And flash from a mile away probably does require such a confused response.

  • Thanks yall! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stephen RANG – That is from the Contemporary yes

    Stephen YANG – That ghosting is an inverted part of the fireworks on the left that was in the lens – cool eh?

  • That is the singular thing that irritates me the most about idiots with cameras as well: flashes when it hurts the cause. I love to gently give photography tutorials to beginners, but the whole flash thing ticks me off for some reason. I think it’s because from a simple logical standpoint it seems obvious that it’s not going to help and yet they do it anyway.

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey….enjoyed your story too!

  • bonjour,
    great composition..beautiful fireworks..Bravo!

  • Joe

    I remember the fireworks show very well! I proposed to my ex-fiance during a brief pause in the middle of it. Ah, the memories… painful memories… ๐Ÿ˜€

  • This photo is so freaking AWESOME!! I’m sure even without the HDR processing the original still looked pretty darn cool. Great job!

    Oh, and I agree about people and flashes. At a Monster Truck show, someone in front of me tried to use their flash to take a photo. In front of them was a bald guy. I looked over and saw the instant review show a beautifully bright bald head and nothing else. Did that tell them to turn the flash off? Nope, they traded seats with someone and continued to use the flash. D’OH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Incredible! You will never cease to amaze us.

  • It’s a nice place to visit, been there – it was fun, but don’t know if I would want to live there. Isn’t the “ghosting” the smoke from the fireworks going up & off?

  • Great shot, Trey! They always have pretty cool firework shows.

  • Thanks!

  • Amazing shot! I love California grill for the view as well as the food as well.

  • I’m sorry…but I love this too…!

  • Great fireworks. By the way I’m not digging the new web layout much (unusable on the iPhone, freezes up too much)

  • Booster

    Was this from a single RAW file? How long did u open up the shutter?

  • Thanks! This comes from 3 RAW files

  • Benevides

    Hi Trey,
    People say that women’s hands are colder (1 or 2 degrees) and has great temperature variation because hormones influence (in period, as example).
    By the way, very nice shot, as usual.
    Please forgive my english! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Winnetta


    Would love to see this one on ImageKind! What a shot! I had heard the view from the California Grill was good but you sold me.

  • Spectacular!! An amazing shot from one of the most wonderful of locations! Bravo! I look forward to your next post!

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  • Rob Hartley

    I have been to Disney World,but never saw it like your fantastic shots show! Great work,Trey!

  • Allison

    I was there just a week later with my hubby, and you are right, Disney Fireworks @ the California Grill is the best. Too bad we missed you. Funny story about the flash, my “big” camera prompted the exact same question the night I was there. Maybe they didn’t trust your opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

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